KATHMANDU, MARCH 17
The main opposition party Nepali Congress registered three proposals -- two proposals of public interest and a resolution proposal -- at the Federal Parliament Secretariat, on Tuesday.
According to the first public interest proposal registered by lawmakers Dr Dila Sangraula, Laxmi Pariyar and Pramila Rai, it seeks to draw the Ministry of Home Affairs' attention on the topic related to minimising violence against women and children. The proposal states that it has become inevitable for the House to issue a guideline to the government to address and reduce such violence.
Similarly, another proposal related to the impact of COVID-19 on labour, employment and social security in the foreign employment sector -- registered by Dr Sangraula, Dev Prasad Timilsina and Rangamati Shahi -- states that discussions on this topic needed to be held in the parliament to seek detailed statistics regarding how many Nepali migrant workers on foreign employment lost their lives as well as their jobs, and how many returned home due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The NC has, in the proposal, has sought information regarding the government's relief and support to the families of those who died from COVID-19, and to those who lost employment. The party also wants to hold discussions over the government's plans on how to make overseas employment safe.
Demanding different provisions to control violence against women, NC lawmakers Dr Sangraula, Hira Gurung and Namita Kumari Chaudhary have given information to the Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens for permission to submit the related resolution. Establishment of a help desk to provide service to victims of violence, to make the arrangement of mobile team effective to protect the victims as well as to make arrangements for treatment of victims in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Population and the police have been demanded in the proposal.
These proposals by the Nepali Congress comes at a time when the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli led government has been claiming that the dissolution of HoR was rational as the Parliament was dysfunctional and not allowed to properly function. In the current scenario, the proposals seem to have been brought forth to give the parliament some business to run.